Our vision is to promote connected, informed and enabled communities in the Pacific region.
The Pacific Cooperation Foundation is a non-governmental organisation which develops and implements public/private sector economic development and socio-cultural initiatives in the Pacific region. We Connect, We Inform, We Enable.
Core principles that shape our engagement:
The newly appointed Governor General of New Zealand takes over former Patron at PCF, His Excellency Lieutenant General the Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.Read More
Nicole was appointed Chairperson of the PCF Board in 2018 and was initially appointed to the PCF Board in 2009. Nicole has over 30 years experience in private sector business into the Pacific Islands, specialising in fresh fruit and vegetables.
Nicole is currently the Managing Director of South Seas Exports, part of the NZ Hothouse Group.Prior to her position at South Seas Exports, Nicole owned and operated South Seas Produce for 10 years.Nicole sold South Seas Produce to the NZ Hothouse Group in 2015 and now looks after the Group exports to Asia, North America, Australia as well as the Pacific Islands. Nicole’s previous roles include Pacific Manager for Turners & Growers/ENZA.
Nicole has strong family connections to Kiribati.
Brook Barrington is Chief Executive and Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Brook joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1990 and held a variety of roles both within New Zealand and offshore. He left MFAT in 2009 to take leadership positions in the wider public sector.The first part of Brook’s career in MFAT was spent advancing New Zealand’s trade policy interests. He worked across government and the private sector, and had postings to Canberra and Brussels. The later part of his time in MFAT was more focused on political and security issues, including as Foreign Policy Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) and as Ambassador to Thailand for three years.From 2009 until 2012 he was Deputy Secretary, Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Defence, where he led the development of the 2010 Defence White Paper.
Brook has recently held two Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) roles at the Ministry of Justice.
He was initially the DCE Sector (2012-2014) with a particular focus on improving alignment and governance across the justice sector (Ministry of Justice, NZ Police and Department of Corrections).
During 2014 he moved to the DCE role responsible for the overall management of the day-to-day operations of the Ministry of Justice, ensuring the Ministry has the strategy, governance, engagement and capability to deliver its core services effectively and efficiently.Brook holds a PhD in history from the University of Auckland.
Gerardine Clifford-Lidstone has nearly 25 years experience working with Pacific communities in New Zealand in a number of roles, including her current position as Chair of the Wellington Community Trust, a philanthropic organisation that provides community grants to a wide range of groups.
Of Samoan heritage, Gerardine spent large parts of her childhood growing up in Samoa. She has an MBA and completed an executive programme at Harvard Business School as part of an Aniva Fellowship.
Gerardine joined the PCF Board in 2018 and is excited to be contributing to the wider Pacific region in this role.
Fiso John Fiso is a respected education professional with a strong set of skills and knowledge in facets of effective teaching, public speaking and educational leadership. He has extensive governance and executive management experience, both in education, health and economic development sectors. John's extensive experience includes board membership of Ako Aotearoa, Volleyball NZ, Chairman of ITENZ - the Independent Tertiary Education providers of NZ, board positions with the Pacific Business Trust, CEO of New Zealand Institute of Sport, Chairman of Fiso Investment Group and Chairman of the NZ College of Massage. He is an alumni of Otago and Victoria Universities and brings significant experience to PCF.
Rohit is the Managing Director of Reddy Group and has been instrumental in broadening the group's strategic investments into different sectors and regions.
He has extensive experience in hotel and real estate investment, private equity, and finance.
Rohit graduated from the University of Auckland in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Commerce.
His previous work experience includes working as a solicitor for Simpson Grierson, a leading law firm in New Zealand, and American International Group (AIG), in Auckland.
Rohit is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rohit is also an alumni of the OPM course at Harvard Business School.
Andrew Wilson has had a career spanning more than 40 years, has worked and travelled extensively and has overseen a number of infrastructure development projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has recently retired as the International Director of Beca, New Zealand's leading engineering and related consultancy services organisation, specialising in the design and management of projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
Andrew joined the PCF Board in 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk committee.